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Date: Fri,  9 Jan 2009 06:49:10 +0000 (GMT)
Subject: [Humanist] 22.435 new book

                 Humanist Discussion Group, Vol. 22, No. 435.
         Centre for Computing in the Humanities, King's College London
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        Date: Wed, 7 Jan 2009 21:55:10 +0000
        From: Heather Skinner <>
        Subject: new book: EX-FOLIATIONS: Reading Machines and the Upgrade Path

A sophisticated consideration of technologies of reading in the digital age.

EX-FOLIATIONS: Reading Machines and the Upgrade Path
Terry Harpold
University of Minnesota Press | 368 pages | 2008
ISBN 978-0-8166-5101-6 | hardcover | $75.00
ISBN 978-0-8166-5102-3 | paperback| $25.00
Electronic Mediations Series, volume 25

Terry Harpold investigates paradoxes of reading's backward glances in the theory and literature of the digital field. In analyses of Vannevar Bush's Memex and Ted Nelson's Xanadu, and in readings of hypertext fictions by Michael Joyce and Shelley Jackson, Harpold asserts that we should return to these landmarks of new media scholarship with attention on questions of media obsolescence, changing user interface designs, and the mutability of reading.

"Ex-foliations stands out among other books on new media textuality through its attention to the visual aspects of digital texts (their interface), its informed discussion of the prehistory of hypertext, and its presentation and analysis of rare and very interesting documents. No other book gives a better sense of the hidden machines that perform digital text and of the dependency of the reading experience upon their features. "-Marie-Laure Ryan

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